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You are here: Home Summit EcoBuilding 2015 Archive 2015 Speakers Michelle Jeresek, Ivon Street Studio

Michelle Jeresek, Ivon Street Studio

The Full Plane Passive House (Portland, Oregon) was designed and built to both the Passive House and Living Building Challenge standards (all seven petals). The single-family residence gives form and presence to the owner’s ecological and social values, while providing a playful environment for her son to grow and be educated in sustainable living. To meet net-zero water goals, composting toilets, stormwater catchment, and greywater reuse are incorporated. The house sits atop a south-facing slope planted with native and edible perennials and a restoration seed mix, supports an apiary, and employs innovative grading techniques to slow the overland flow and promote infiltration. An Integrated Design Process brought the client, architect, general contractor, landscape designer, landscape contractor, and trades together to ensure project success.
Michelle Jeresek, Ivon Street Studio

Case Study: Full Plane Passive House

The Full Plane Passive House (Portland, Oregon) was designed and built to both the Passive House and Living Building Challenge standards (all seven petals). The single-family residence gives form and presence to the owner’s ecological and social values, while providing a playful environment for her son to grow and be educated in sustainable living. To meet net-zero water goals, composting toilets, stormwater catchment, and greywater reuse are incorporated. The house sits atop a south-facing slope planted with native and edible perennials and a restoration seed mix, supports an apiary, and employs innovative grading techniques to slow the overland flow and promote infiltration. An Integrated Design Process brought the client, architect, general contractor, landscape designer, landscape contractor, and trades together to ensure project success.

Learning Objectives

  • How to design a high-performance building envelope to reduce energy load and provide a more durable building enclosure.

  • How to supply all water needs on site through both rainwater harvesting (for potable use) and conservation, including composting toilet systems.

  • How to manage all stormwater and gray water on site.

  • How to responsibly source building materials, including avoiding the Living Building Challenge’s Red List materials.

Bio

In 2013 Michelle cofounded Ivon Street Studio, which is dedicated to pragmatic creativity in the arts, including architecture, music, and visual arts. Previously, she co-owned Departure Architecture, where she designed some of Portland’s most progressive residences, including the Full Plane Passive House. At Ivon Street Studio, Michelle continues her focus on the design of forward-thinking and climate-resilient projects that support the local and regional economy, including Passive Houses and Living Buildings. Her volunteer efforts support these missions as well, and she currently serves as president of Passive House NW (PHnw) and co-chair of the Build Local Alliance.

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